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High Blood Pressure - 10 Top Facts
The Top 10 Facts About High Blood Pressure & the Natural Healing Process
Do you suffer from high blood pressure? Also, termed hyper-tension, many people are not even aware of its presence and dangers. Here are ten things you may want to know.
1. High blood pressure is not a disease!
It is the body's defensive and corrective measure, initiated to cope with pathological conditions in various functions of the body, such as general toxemia, impaired kidney function, glandular disturbances, deceive calcium metabolism, degenerative changes in arteries (arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis), overweight, emotionally caused dysfunction in vasomotor mechanism, etc. When the arteries become obstructed with plaque and cholesterol, they harden and constrict with arteriosclerosis, and the circulation of blood through the vessels be- comes difficult, forcing the blood through narrower passage-ways. As a result, blood pressure becomes elevated.
2. Hypertension is precipitated by a number of factors.
In addition to arteriosclerosis, hypertension is often precipitated by cigarette smoking, stress, obesity, excessive use of stimulants such as coffee or tea, drug abuse, high sodium in-take, and the use of oral contraceptives.
3. A normal blood pressure reads 120 over 80 (120/80)
Normal blood pressure readings can vary from 100/70to 140/90. While readings of 140/90 to 160/90 or 160/95 indicate border-line hypertension, any reading over 180/115 is severely elevated.
4. People with a family history of hypertension may be more likely to suffer from high blood pressure.
5. Hypertension is often asymptomatic. Advanced warning signs include headaches, sweating, a rapid pulse, shortness of breath, dizziness, and vision disturbances. Because hypertension often shows no signs, having your blood pressure checked regularly is important, especially for those individuals in high risk categories.
6. It is important to eliminate the reason for elevated blood pressure and not just treat the symptoms.
The objective of the biologically oriented doctor (one who treats disease through the natural healing process) is not to lower blood pressure with drugs or even with specific foods or vitamins, but to eliminate the reason for the elevation, i.e., to remove the causes of the condition. When these are removed, the blood pressure will go down by itself
7. High blood pressure can be of emotional origin.
It can be caused by stress, worries, fear, pressures competitive life, or prolonged nervous stress. These underlying causes of emotional origins must be removed before any nutritional or biological treatments can be successful.
8. A salt-free diet is essential for lowering blood pressure. Lowering your salt intake alone is not enough. You must eliminate all salt from your diet! You can do this by carefully reading all labels from processed foods and avoiding those that have the words, "soda", "sodium", or the symbol, "Na" on the label. These indicate that the product contains salt. Some foods and food additives that should be avoided on a low-salt diet include: Accent flavor enhanced (monosodium glutamate); baking soda; canned vegetables; commercially pre-pared foods; certain dentifrices and over-the-counter medicines that contain ibuprofen, such as Advil and Nuprin; diet soft drinks; food with mold inhibitors, preservatives, and most sugar substitutes; meat tenderizers; softened water; and soy sauces. These products can cause cells to swell and interfere with the effectiveness of diuretics used in the treatment of hypertension. *
9. A high fiber diet is recommended.
A high fiber diet and supplemental fiber including seeded foods like brown rice, buckwheat, millet and oats are recommended along with plenty of raw fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apples, asparagus, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, raisins, squash, and sweet potatoes. Eat small meals and do not over-eat.
Remember, obesity is one of the main causes of high blood pressure and heart disease.
10. Avoid foods that are high in fat and cholesterol.
Foods such as aged meats and cheeses, anchovies, avocados, chicken liver, chocolate, fava beans, pickled herring, sour cream, sherry and wine, yogurt, bacon, corned beef, pork sausage, smoked or processed meats, gravies and bouillon. Eat only white fish and skinless turkey or chicken.
Submitted by Candace Paul, who can be reached at Candycoach@aol.com The original source is: Adapted from the following sources by Candace Paul: How to Get Well, by Paavo Airola, PhD, Oregon, Health Plus Publishers, 1974; Prescription for Natural Healing, by James R. and Phyllis A Bach, C.N.C., New York, Avery Publishing Group, 1993.
* When they discuss salt, they do not necessarily mean sodium rich foods such as celery or aloe vera. You must have balanced sodium in your diet for health, but not unbalanced salt. Other articles are available discussing the importance of sodium in your diet from the following distributor.
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